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Bird N Hand Fire Company was alerted to B&B Furniture on Gibbins Rd. Chiefs responding could see heavy smoke from three miles away and requested the second alarm immediately. A tanker shuttle was set up, as this is a non-hydrant area.

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Warminster, PA. As a cold spell blanketed the area, fireplaces were being fired up and at 9:18 p.m., Warminster was dispatched for a dwelling fire at Delmont Avenue and Mallard Court. Police arrived JUMP TO FILE # to fire on the roof 101312104 and corrected the location to the 1300 block of Mallard Ct. Battalion 92 found fire around the chimney area and all occupants evacuated. Chief 90 set up command. The fire was contained to the top of the chimney area and there were no injuries. Warminster was assisted by Hartsville and Warrington. JOHN G. ENGLAND IV


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Philadelphia's Ladder10 recently lost two members at a warehouse fire. J. KRIESHER

Heavy fire from Hazleton house Luzerne County, PA. At 11:30 a.m. on October 14, Hazleton was dispatched to the area of 1st Street and Wilbur Court for an investigation. While responding, a portable unit confirmed a working structure fire on 1st Street. Crews found heavy fire from the second floor of the dwelling. All three occupants were out and Chief 2 assumed command, requesting additional personnel. Lines were stretched into the building and crews began to make good work of the fire. The chief reported the crews were beginning

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to get the bulk of the fire knocked down and all utilities needed to the be notified. The updated address was 523 West 1st Stree. Interior crews reported the fire spread into the eves and across the attic. Ladder 1 was requested to open the roof for vertical ventilation. Ground ladders were thrown and crews ascended with saws. Once the roof was opened, smoke began to billow out of the vent hole. Within seconds, the

smoke turned to flame and heavy fire was showing from the attic window and roof. Firefighters pushed forward and began to knock down the fire in the attic while crews retreated from the roof. After a few minutes of fierce battle, the fire was once again knocked down. Crews began overhaul. Units remained on scene into the afternoon mopping up and getting their rigs back in service. The Red Cross was requested to assist. - JC KRIESHER

State parade held in Norristown Norristown, PA. On September 29, the Norristown Fire Department hosted the 133rd Annual Firemen's Association of the State of Pennsylvania Parade. According to press reports, some 300 fire and emergency vehicles, 16 marching bands (including a Mariachi band) and over 1000 uniformed marchers attended under overcast skies. This year's parade payed homage to fallen Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox and the two LODD from Philadelphia Ladder 10, Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney. Rescue 33 of Center Square

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dedicated the year to eight year old Nicholas Mincarelli, who lost his battle to a rare form of cancer. Riding in Rescue 33 was 14 year old Bobby Taggart, his brother and his parents. Bobby was recovering from cancer surgery and his wish was to ride Rescue 33. Norristown has hosted the convention and parade six times throughout its history. Next year's event will be held in West Chester. - KEN SNYDER


No aerial access for Pleasant Hill At 11:33 a.m. on October 10, York County 911 dispatched first alarm units to 3599 Baumgardner Road for a reported house fire. Hanover Captain 46C (Amspacher) established the command. He was greeted with fire showing from the windows of a room on the C/D corner of a large, two story single family home that was back a narrow lane. The fire had begun to run the soffit line of the C and D sides of the house. Penn Township dropped its supply line at the driveway and laid in. Crews led off with two-two inch

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attack lines to the second floor of the structure.Interior crews encountered one bedroom well involved and fire taking hold of the attic. Crews mounted an interior attack for several minutes, but were withdrawn from the structure due to involvement of the attic. Once the structure was evacuated, crews knocked down the bulk of the visible fire from the exterior with hand lines and a Blitzfire. Ex-

tensive overhaul was required due to the construction of the home, which was built in a modular fashion. Due to the narrow driveway and limited access, no aerial device was able to make the house and ground ladders had to be utilized. Water supply was established via a tanker shuttle with a draft source of Lake Marburg. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported and crews cleared the scene around 4:30 p.m. -STEVE ROTH


Fire strikes New Cumberland apartment building New Cumberland, PA. On October 1, 2012, around 7:15 p.m., Box 10-01 sent companies to 511 Market Street in the Borough of New Cumberland for a house fire. Companies arrived on location to a two and a half story, semi-attached, frame with heavy smoke showing. Crews stretched a line for a fire on the second floor with extension to the attic and roof. A second alarm brought additional companies to the scene including units from Dauphin and York Counties. Extensive overhaul and foam were needed to bring the fire under control, which heavily damaged two apartments. At least one firefighter suffered a minor injury. The box was held to Company 10 in about two and a half hours.

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In memory of those who gave all 1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty Texas: Neal W. Smith. 46

Rank: Captain Incident Date:09/15/2012       Death Date: 09/15/2012     Fire Dept. Info:Chief: William Bivens Initial Summary: On Saturday, September 15, during a smoke diver class designed to train firefighters advanced survival skills in full gear, Captain Neal Smith passed out from a heat-related illness. He was transported to a hospital during which CPR was administered. Captain Smith remained in critical condition until Monday, September 17, when he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6:30 p.m. Doctors reportedly determined that Captain Smith's body temperature was more than 106 degrees.

Delaware : Delaware, Justin Townsend. 17

Rank: Junior Firefighter   Incident Date: 09/27/2012   Death Date: 09/27/2012 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Shane Furbush. Initial Summary: IDagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for an outside fire in a wooded area on East Clogg Drive just outside town limits. While en route to Station 73 in a personal vehicle, Junior Firefighter Justin Townsend was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash on Pepper Road, in the area of Jay Patch Road. No details of the accident are available at this time. The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently conducting an investigation into the fatal incident. Incident Location: Fire: Wooded area on East Clogg Drive (USNG: 18S VH 7696 6949). Fatal MVA: Pepper Road near Jay Patch Road (USNG: 18S VH 8015 5977).

Michigan: Riverview, John Grabowski. 49

Rank: Lieutenant   Incident Date: 10/01/2012   Death Date: 10/01/2012 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Chief Mitchell Jensen Initial Summary: On Sunday, September 30, during his shift, Lieutenant John Grabowski participated in fire department training. His shift ended that day at 1800hrs. The following morning, Lieutenant Grabowski traveled to his second job. At approximately 0803hrs, Lieutenant Grabowski was found collapsed in the parking lot of his second employer. The second employer?s emergency response team tended to Lieutenant Grabowski and performed CPR. Advanced life support also responded to the scene where they treated Lieutenant Grabowski and transported him to Henry Ford Wyandotte Michigan hospital. Efforts to revive Lieutenant Grabowski at the hospital were not successful and he passed away within approximately one hour of being found in his employer?s parking lot. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Iowa : Gilmore City, Larry D. Nielsen. 60

Rank: Fire Chief   Incident Date: 10/09/2012   Death Date: 10/09/2012 Fire Dept. Info: Chief: Assistant Chief Lowell Johnson Initial Summary: Fire Chief Nielsen was responding to a barn fire riding in fire department apparatus when he fell ill. The vehicle operator immediately pulled over to the side of the road and called for help. Chief Neilsen was treated at the scene by EMS responders and transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Incident Location: Vicinity of Gilmore City, IA(USNG: 15T UH 81 31)

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Furniture company lights up the sky Bird N Hand Fire Company was alerted to B&B Furniture on Gibbins Rd. Chiefs responding could see heavy smoke from three miles away and requested the second alarm immediately. A tanker shuttle was set up, as this is a nonhydrant area. A lot of lumber was stored in this 300 foot long building. Firefighters had to gain control due to

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the danger of exposures on the south side of the building. A third alarm was struck, bringing four additional companies to the scene. With over 150 firefighters on the scene, firefighters got the upper hand on the fire. The fire was

knocked down three hours later. A payloader was called in to shift the lumber around for the long overhaul process. Fire companies from Bird N Hand, Ronks, Witmer Lafayette, Strasburg, Leola, New Holland, Bareville, Gordonville, Eden and Intercourse responded. - FRANK ROBINSON


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House destroyed by fire in Newtown Reilly Township, PA. On September 29 at 2:15 p.m., Reilly Township, Minersville, Cass Township, Donaldson-Frailey and Tremont Fire as well as Tremont Ambulance were dispatched to 23 Church Street in Reilly Township for a house fire with multiple calls of a working fire in a house. Newtown firefighters found flames coming from the ranch style home. The fire continued to spread quickly and began to move throughout the single story home. Newtown Engine 24-15 deployed a large hose line. Firefighters made an exterior attack with tank water and knocked down the

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large flames. Chief 24-07 requested a tanker task force to the fire scene. Tanker trucks from Branch Township, Pine Grove, Hegins Township, Porter Township and Mount Carbon responded. Tremont Engine 67-10 deployed a number of hose lines to the front and rear of the home. A dump site was set up two blocks from the fire scene. Branchdale Engine 24-10 drafted from the portable pond and pumped to engines at the fire scene.


Firefighters entered the burnt out residence and searched for hidden fire. The aggressive attack by the firefighters helped stop the fire extension. The smoke and fire conditions in the home decreased and the fire was brought under controlled in 30 minutes. The fire units remained on the scene for two hours. The fire chief reported that there were no serious injuries to firefighters and the home received major damage. The fire was labeled possibly accidental and is currently under investigation by the State Police Fire Marshal. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Barn well off in New Holland Borough JASON COLEMAN-COBB

Fire destroys landmark restaurant Fairview Township, PA. On September 26, 2012, shortly after 1:30 a.m., Fairview Township dispatched to 589 Salem Road at the Hillside Cafe for a fire alarm. Chief Carlisle arrived to heavy smoke pushing from a one story restaurant. A first alarm assignment was dispatched. Engine 68 laid a line and positioned itself on the A/D corner. New Cumberland and Defense

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Logistics set up on side A and went in service with aerial streams. A portable was established on Salem Road in front of the building to supplement water supply. Heavy fire consumed the roof area on the south side of the building.

Command requested a second alarm, bringing additional resources from Cumberland and Dauphin Counties to the scene and station coverage. The fire was placed under control in about 50 minutes and companies remained on the scene for extensive overhaul. - JASON COLEMAN-COBB

New Holland, PA - Around 12:40 p.m. on October 13, the prealert was transmitted for a reported building fire at New Holland Sales Stables. Fire Police Lt. Neidermyer was onscene while communication was striking the first alarm and advised of a working barn fire full of hay with multiple exposures. A large thremal column could be seen for miles. Chief Martin ordered the apartment building on East Franklin Street evacuated and ordered a second alarm transmitted as units started to go to work on the 100 x 50 building. Multiple sections of the older building collapsed from the intense heat and from the pressure of the master streams. A large track-hoe was brought in to pull the roof and open up all void spaces that hid fire while crews mopped up. The fire was marked under control about one and a half hours into the incident.

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Heavy fire in Hazle Township BRIAN WOZNIAK

Firefighters battle second major fire of the day in Upper Makefield Upper Makefield, PA. Hours after being released from a massive barn fire in Upper Makefield, local firefighters were dispatched to a dwelling fire on Thompson Mill Road. Crews from the Lingohocken Fire Company, Upper Makefield Fire Company, Midway Fire Company, Northampton Fire Company and Newtown Fire Association responded. As Upper Makefield Township has no hydrants, a tanker task force was dispatched bringing in additional units from Warwick, Point Pleasant and Lambertville (New Jersey).

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Luzerne County, PA. At 4:57 p.m. on October 16, Hazle Township, Harwood and APTS Medic 11 were dispatched to 1143 Harwood Road in Hazle Township for a reported commercial structure fire. Assistant Chief 141-4 (Zoshak) advised of a three story multi-family apartment building and confirmed a working fire with heavy smoke showing. He requested an additional tone for the working fire. Engine 102 hit the plug on their way in. Command was now reporting heavy fire throughout the building and requested West Hazleton for an engine and truck. A line was stretched off Harwood Engine 241 and Engine 102 and began to knock down fire, which was showing out of every window of the Bravo side. Ladders were thrown to the roof and crews ascended to begin vertical ventilation. Fire conditions continued to deteriorate and the roof became compromised, so crews were pulled from the building. Tower

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105 was set up for master stream operations as fire began to show from the roof. Exterior hand lines were also placed in service while the tower was operating. McAdoo and Sheppton were requested to respond with engines and additional manpower. After a few minutes of defensive operations, the bulk of the fire was knocked down by the tower. Crews once again entered the building and began to perform overhaul. Fresh crews were rotated in and began to pull ceilings and walls to find hidden fire. The fire was placed under control roughly an hour into the incident with crews remaining on scene until mid-evening. Valley Regional and Freeland provided coverage for Hazle Township while they were operating at this fire. - JC KRIESHER

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A man believed to have been doing yard work died after he fell into a 10 to 15 foot-deep hole.

Environmental rescue in West Lampeter Willow Street Fire Company was dispatched for an environmental rescue on October 19. A man believed to have been doing yard work died after he fell into a 10 to 15 foot deep hole. The 59 year old man man was discovered by the owner of the home at 1821 Conestoga Ave. around 6 p.m. The owner looked all over the property and then noticed that items had been moved from around the sinkhole, which had been in the yard for a couple of months. The homeowner then called 911. Mike Reese, chief of Willow Street Fire Company, said the man was working in the front yard near the hole when he apparently "lost his footing." The man was last seen between 1 and 2 p.m. When crews arrived, "They could see most of the man's body," Reese said. After the initial incident size up, Lancaster County Rescue

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Task Force was requested to assist with the extrication of the victim. Medical personnel, who were called to the home, determined the victim to be deceased. Rescuers who went into the hole faced special challenges, Reese said. "They had to build a working surface, and then a support surface inside the hole, to keep any more dirt from collapsing into the hole," he said. Willow Street Truck 50's ladder was positioned over the hole and was used as an anchor point for the rescue lines and riggings. At 8 p.m., after all the equipment was in place, the body was lifted from the hole. Reese said of the hole, "We thought it was a cistern or a well, but

that's still to be determined." The hole was filled after the incident by West Lampeter Township work crews. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a Lancaster County deputy coroner. The investigation into the death was turned over to West Lampeter Township police. Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said an autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled. The hole, was estimated to be about six feet deep, had been roped off with yellow tape and was covered with boards and plywood, he said. The victim previously said to the homeowner that he wanted to figure out how big the hole was and how to get it filled. The homeowner told him to leave it alone. - GREG LEAMAN

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Train the trainer passes away Timothy R.S. Campbell of Frazer, PA died on September 28, 2012 at York Hospital. Beloved husband of Marti Barlow Campbell, loving father of Melissa Campbell Bochat wife of Brandon James Bochat of The Woodlands, TX. Grandfather of James David Bochat. Tim is also survived by his brother Nicholas T. and Anne Marie Campbell, three nieces, one nephew, several cousins. He was an instructor for more than 27 years at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI), with an emphasis in train the trainer and exercise evaluation courses. He was Emergency Management Coordinator for Elverson Borough and West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, PA. Beginning in 1978, he was named the Director of Emergency Services County of Chester, where he served until retiring in July 1997 (19 years) making him one of the longest serving county emergency managers in the state. In July of 199, he formed the Campbell Group and for the following 15 yearscontracted directly or indirectly with federal, state and local governments providing Public Safety Consulting, Training and System Development, Emergency Services Response System Analysis, Public Safety Communications System Analysis and Exercise Design and Development. He served as adjunct faculty for FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and the National Fire Academy as an NFA Instruc-

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tor/Controller. He was also a local level instructor for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and adjunct faculty for the Harrisburg Area Community College. Tim also worked closely to provide emergency management consulting and training for the following companies in support of federal state and local governments: Booz, Allen Hamilton, C2TI, CMCG, Inc, Human Technology Inc., Texas A&M, and L-3 MPRI. He also supported programs at the US State Department, Diplomatic Security, ATA Program. He was a graduate of Delaware County Community College with a degree in Fire Science Administration and achieved a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. He belonged to many organizations related to emergency Management, Fire & EMS. Tim’s life celebration service was held on Saturday October 6, 2012 at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Tim’s name to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial, NETC, 16825 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727, or American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 - DOUGLAS KAHN


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Oily rags lead to devastating fire Newtown Township, PA. On October 11, crews from the Newtown Fire Association were dispatched to a reported dwelling fire at 5 Pansy Court in the Newtown Grant section. Chief 252 re- JUMP TO FILE # ported a two and a 101312103 half story dwelling fully involved. Crews from the Newtown were assisted by the Lingohocken and Northampton. The Newtown Township fire marshal has ruled the fire as accidental and believes contractors leaving oily rags sealed in a bag earlier in the day eventually combusted and caused the fire. \Two neighboring homes were damaged by the radiant heat from the fire. - BRIAN WOZNIAK


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Orwigsburg celebrates 125 years Schuylkill County, PA. On October 13, the Friendship Hose Company #1 of Orwigsburg celebrated 125 years of service to the community. The festivities were kicked off with an apparatus parade through the borough. After the parade, visiting firefighters and residents enjoyed food and refreshments along with music. A small ceremony was emceed by Jesse Zimmerman, 1st Assistant Chief. He thanked everyone in attendance as well as the residents and government leaders for their continued support. Plaques were given to all companies in attendance as a thank you.


Zimmerman concluded the ceremony by inviting everyone to hang out and have some food and enjoy some refreshments to help celebrate the company’s milestone. The Friendship Hose Company was founded in 1887 and provides fire and rescue services to Orwigsburg and surrounding townships. The company operates two engines and a heavy rescue from their station on Liberty Street. - JC KRIESHER

Early morning fire in Middletown On November 5, 2012 at around 4:00 a.m., units were dispatched by Dauphin County to the 500 block of Spring Street in the Borough of Middletown for a reported house fire. Units arrived to heavy fire conditions and went to work. No one was injured in the fire and crews remained on scene for a couple of hours.

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Ziaylek Family, Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero, YMFC Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain, and YMFC Deputy Fire Chief Charles "Bubba" Schlosser.


Large barn fire in Upper Makefield Upper Makefield Township, PA. On October 13, crews from the Upper Makefield, Newtown, Lingohocken and New Hope were dispatched to a reported barn fire at 371 Stoneybrook Rd. Deputy Chief 71 reported to responding units that there was a large, fully involved barn. The barn in question appears to have housed numerous trucks and other large equipment.

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As Upper Makefield Township has no hydrants, a tanker task force was dispatched to supply water and several neighboring fire companies including YardleyMakefield, Northampton, Midway (Lahaska) Stockton, NJ and Lambertville, NJ. Several other fire

companies including Warwick and Langhorne were called in to cover fire departments. Firefighters staged an aggressive defensive attack of the fire and protected numerous exposures including several vehicles, a home, large bales of hay and an adjacent large barn housing farm animals. - BRIAN WOZNIAK

Yardley dedicates Marine Special Service truck Lower Makefield Township, PA. Firefighters and family members from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company gathered for the Marine Special Service Truck Dedication Ceremony on October 13, 2012 at the Woodside Fire Station80. Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero participated in the ceremony delivering a few words. Ziaylek family members removed the ceremonial cover off the plaque on Marine Special Service 0.

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Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Fire Chief Glenn Chamberlain presented the Ziaylek family a dedication plaque. Special Service 0 was dedicated in the memory of YardleyMakefield Fire Company Past Life Member Theodore Ziaylek Jr. for his years of outstanding service and dedication to the fire company. - JEFFREY GOLDBERG

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Three alarm fire severely damages Upper Allen town homes Upper Allen Township, PA. On November 4, 2012, shortly after 4:00 p.m., companies were dispatched to the 600 block of Allenview Drive for a house fire. The chief officer arrived to smoke showing and headquarters advising of multiple calls. Engine 2-23 arrived to heavy fire from the rear of an occupied, two story, middle of the row, townhouse with exposure problems. Command 23 requested a second alarm. An aggressive attack and fire

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Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts Middletown Township, PA - Members of the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company, Middletown Township Fire Marshal’s Office and other volunteers handed out food and cases of water to residents of Middletown Township at the LanghorneMiddletown Fire Company substation on November 2nd. Large portions of the township were still without power after Hurricane Sandy came through Bucks County earlier in the week. Firefighters also loaded up Utility 21 with cases of food and water and went door to door handing out supplies to hard hit areas in the township.

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Yardley fire prevention open house Lower Makefield Township, PA - Members of the community turned out to participate in this year’s Yardley-Makefield Fire Company Annual Fire Prevention Open House held at the Woodside Fire Station 80 on October 13, 2012. The first one hundred children were given a complimentary fire prevention tee-shirt and many more fire prevention trinkets. Adults operated Hurst rescue tools, cutting and spreading a junk vehicle which was donated to the fire company. Children tried on firefighter equipment, climbed on fire trucks and extinguished a pretend fire in the fire prevention hose house.

Reading, PA. The ReadingArea Firefighters Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 6th. The museum is located at 5th and Laurel Streets in the former quarters of Engine 5. The building, constructed in 1876, has been the site of the Liberty Fire Company since its inception in 1854. Museum President William Rehr presented a short history of the Liberty Fire Company and its connection with the last volunteer fire chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department, David M. Lyle.

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He also discussed the design and furnishing of the Wanamaker Room by John Wanamaker. The furniture in the room was displayed at the great Philadelphia Exposition in Fairmount Park in 1876. He finished the talk with the formation of the Museum in 2002. Mayor Vaughn Spencer, County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt and Senator Judy Schwank, presented city, county

and state citations observing the 10th anniversary of the museum. Two plaques were unveiled that are mounted in the large display cabinet in the Wanamaker Room, one citing Liberty member Daniel Kubacki, who bequeathed $50,000 in his will for the refurbishing of the Wanamaker Room and the other recognizing Arline Ratajczak posthumously for her many civic contributions and her nine years as secretary of the fire museum. - JASON BATZ

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Laugh your way to the bank with a stand-up comedy fund-raiser


Two drivers injured Lower Makefield Township, PA - Firefighters from the Yardley-Makefield Fire Company were dispatched by Bucks County Fire Radio to Rescue Box 80-95 for an automobile extrication with entrapment on northbound Interstate 95 just south of the Route 322 exit dispatched at approximately 7:03 a.m. on October 8, 2012. Firefighters went in service with hydraulic tools to extricate the driver that was trapped in the silver Honda Civic. Firefighters also took care of fluid control and de-energized both vehicles. Firefighters assisted the squad in preparing the patients for transport to a local hospital. Traffic was shut down throughout the incident. State police were investigating the accident.

Who needs to laugh more than the Fire Companies ---the first responders who deal with dangerous circumstances each and every day? There’s an innovative concept for fund-raising developed by Joey Novick, who is a stand-up comedian and the Fire Commissioner in his hometown: Stand-up comedy shows. Fire companies can get much-needed laughs and profit financially as well. Novick's company, ComedyWorks, provides all-star headline comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, Last Comic Standing, and the Tonight Show. Novick’s been producing comedy shows since 1977, and has experience producing shows with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry The Cable Guy, and Tim Allen. "The comedians were very funny, and very professional," wrote Mark Bruhmuller, Fire Chief of the Churchtown Fire Company of New York. “Joey Novick did an excellent job. Everybody loves to laugh, and it's a great deal of fun." ComedyWorks produces more than 300 shows a year, almost 150 of those for emergency service organizations. The money these shows can

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raise varies, depending on things like the number of tickets sold, how they're priced, the amount spent on promotion and whether food and drink are available. "Mostly companies produce shows in their own facilities, which may hold 300–400 people," says Novick. "We'll put together a show for them that will bring in comedians from major comedy clubs, with a headliner from HBO, Comedy Central, or the Tonight Show. The feature performer will be someone who's headlined the comedy circuit: Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, the Comedy Store. The host of the show will be a comedian who's very high-energy, like a gameshow host, to get the audience warmed up. A triple headliner show!” The Somerset Fire Company of New Jersey produces two fundraisers a year through ComedyWorks. "We've done about ten shows so far, and it's been great," says Mike Rein-

beck, who coordinates the shows for the 65-member volunteer department. "A friend of mine who had used Joey told me, 'This guy books really good acts.' So, we did the first show, everything was great, and we've been doing shows with Joey ever since." "I find their people to be very funny," agrees Adam Hubney, chief of the Atlantic Highlands Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey, which books comedians through ComedyWorks for its annual dinner. "We have a professional comedy club in our county, and the quality is just as good." Comedy Works provides a 30-page ‘How-To’ guide that assists organizations through the comedy show production and warns of mistakes to avoid. "We make sure they follow everything in the guide," says Novick. "If a company has never done this before, it gives you everything from you need to know. We make sure that things get done right. Clients who follow the guide always do very well and tend to make money.” For information on Comedy Works, call 1 (888) 782-4589, go to www.comedyworks.org or e-mail joeynovick@earthlink.net.

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Contractors start fire Reading, PA - A contractor smoking around a combustible roofing adhesive set off a fire in a three story dwelling on the city's west side. Around 1:00 p.m. on October 20, the Berks County Communications Center reported receiving multiple calls for a house fire in the 300 block of Schuylkill Ave. Engine 3 arrived moments later and reported fire showing in a three story MOR. One of the workers was immediately taken to the hospital with burns. Two lines were stretched, while searches commenced through the dwelling. The fire was placed under control about 15 minutes later and no other occupants were found to be injured. The fire marshal's office is investigating.

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Departments in neeD of assistance For more information, visit our website www.1stResponderNews.com, our Facebook page or email them to Heather@1stResponderNews.com.

We are still in need of cold weather gear, (hats, gloves, socks, boots,) for the members. We also need paging systems for the departments. We have supplied these departments with temporary communications, however, they have no way to contact their members in the event of a call. Roof alarms, pagers, etc. We received donations from multiple volunteer ambulance services and volunteer fire departments throughout the state, PA and as far as Indiana. Contact information is district4chair@gmail.com or info@emrnyc.com. The mailing address is POB 863991, Ridgewood, NY 11386.

For those interested in volunteering to help with Hurricane Sandy assistance, please contact the New Jersey volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800JERSEY-7 or backup hotline numbers (which are being answered): 609-775-5236 or 908303-0471.

Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department at 53 Seba Ave, Brooklyn NY is in desperate need of assistance. Their fire department was totaled in the flood from Sandy. Their one and only engine is out of service due to salt water damage to the electrical system. Their TOG was soaked in salt water and sewage backup. Any help would be awesome. They are the only volunteer department in Brooklyn. Contact information is Gerrittsen Beach Fire Dept. Lt Mike Castro 718-552-6959 or Chief Doreen Garson 718-332-9292 53 Seba Ave Brooklyn NY.

We were advised that Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department lost a fire truck when it caught fire. West Hamilton Beach Fire Department lost two trucks, two ambulances, a brush truck and a chief truck. A department in PA kindly donated a truck to them.

The Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps was having a supply drive to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donations were being accepted at their headquarters on Union Turnpike in Floral Park, NY. Please call them at 718347-1647 for more information.

The Berlin Volunteer Fire Department located at 700 North Street, Berlin, PA (Somerset County, Pennsylvania) is donating one of their equipped fire engines to the storm ravaged West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Queens, NY. The receiving volunteer fire department lost everything during

Hurricane Sandy. The Fire Chief, Fire Department President along with a fire truck driver from the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department will be driving the fire truck from Berlin to New York on November 16th. Berlin Area Ambulance Association, Inc. is donating various emergency medical equipment such as stretchers, splints and back boards. An 18 wheeler brought relief supplies to the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute in Mahwah. Supplies, including palettes of water, non-perishable foods as well as other items, were trucked from the Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia, SC. The coordinated effort was made possible by Rich and Nadine Demczyszyn as well as several other first responders. Their coordinated efforts can be viewed on their Facebook page, Immediate supplies for NJ EMS and Fire Depts affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you have a story to share with us, please email us at news@1strespondernews.com. There are an incredible amount of stories to be told. Do you know a fire, rescue or EMS department in need of help? Please send along any information

Unfortunately, many members of the local emergency services community have been personally affected by Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath. The sense of loss is enormous, overwhelming and painful. During this crisis, the 1st Responder News family would like for all of you to know that you and your families are all in our thoughts and prayers. We would also like to thank all of you in the emergency services community who, once again, have worked so diligently in helping others during this time of overwhelming need. Your tireless effort and selflessness continue to inspire all of us. 1st Responder News’ staff will continue to think about all of you during this difficult time.

you have to heather@1strespondernews.com. We want to get the word out!!! While responding to a call on November 24, one of Point Breeze Fire Department’s 4x4 engines had an electrical fire in the crew cab. The apparatus is in desperate need of replacement as it operated in six feet of sewage/saltwater during Sandy. Please help if you can. They are Breezy's first line of defense. They are a 100% volunteer non-profit tax deductible organization. You can donate by mailing a check directly to Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Fireman's Plaza, Breezy Point, NY 11697. Thank you. As the holidays approach and we move from the rescue and recovery operation, to the rebuilding phase; I would like to thank everyone for their help and support, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. As you know, the next phase can be a long and tedious one, and can take a toll on our rescue workers. The NYSVARA and the NYSVARA, District 4 are dedicated to these agencies, our members and will continue to offer support and assistance. During this rebuilding phase, we are still in need of basic medical supplies, including pediatric items. District 4 has also joined with NYS Assemblyman Michael

Millers Office and Kiwanis to collect unwrapped toys for the children affected by the hurricane. This effort will help not only rebuild the agencies affected, but will also help in rebuilding the communities and the relationships between these agencies and their communities. Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Services from around the state and country collected equipment, collected donations, and offered support. These companies coordinated local and county wide collections, packed trucks and delivered items to the District 4 receving facility. Special thanks to the volunteers who helped on a daily basis receving donations, packaging, loading and delivering donations, and continue to offer support. Please help with the toy drive. Part of the rebuilding process of our agencies is rebuilding of the communities. We cannot forget the children in all of this. The toys will be handed out by Santa Claus on Saturday, December 24, 2012. Donations can be sent to POB 863991 Ridgewood, NY 11386 Toys and supplies can be delivered M-F (9-5) or mailed to the same Assemblyman Michael Millers Office C/O District 4, NYSVARA 83-91 Woodhaven Boulevard Woodhaven, NY 11421

Moonachie seeks help During the night of hurricane Sandy, the members of the Moonachie Fire Department were out operating at numerous emergencies across the town when the unthinkable happened and would change the history of the Moonachie Fire Department and the borough of Moonachie. While members were returning from a run around 2300 hours, they noticed water rapidly rising on East Joseph Street heading into the town and right to fire headquarters. Within minutes, water was rushing into the firehouse, giving the members very little time to remove apparatus and personal items. The water rose so high and so rapidly most of the towns including fire headquarters were under between 3 and 6 feet of water in under an hour. Members and apparatus found higher ground in another town, so they could assist in rescue operations with other Moonachie agencies and numerous mutual aide companies. Members operated overnight and into the next day even knowing most of their homes where severely flooded. When the water receded, companies returned to fire headquarters to find total devastation.

Water levels in the firehouse were near six feet, causing severe damage to radios, computers, turnout gear, personal items and several pieces of apparatus including our 1953 Ahrens Fox pumper. The apparatus could not be removed in time due to the rapidly rising water. Due to the extent of the damage, MFD has a temporary firehouse which we are making due with, but we need to rebuild our Moonachie Road firehouse. If you would like to help in the rebuilding of Moonachie Fire Department, PLEASE make a donation to assist us. There are many items that insurance won't cover 100%. Please send any monetary donations to Moonachie Fire Department 70 Moonachie Road Moonachie, NJ 07074. Or via Pay Pal at https://www.paypal.com/cgibin/webscr?cmd=_sxclick&hosted_button_id=Q3XU T2YZ5LSFY. All donations will go to the house, apparatus and equipment fund. Thank you all for your thoughts and help over the last few days. Thank You From the Members of the Moonachie fire department.


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School bus mass casualty drill On September 26, 2012 , four fire companies from Erie County found themselves faced with a chaotic scene. An overturned school bus, crying kids and frantic parents made the scenario as close to real life as possible. Boy scouts from Troop #133 slathered in fake blood with eviscerations, impaled objects, cuts, bruising, fractures and more climbed into the overturned bus and waited to play the roles of injured students. Before the drill started a safety briefing was held, then the dispatch, “Waterford, vehicle accident…” Set to run like an actual emergency, all dispatch protocols were followed. After additional information of a school bus rollover with multiple patients and entrapment, more companies were summoned. Each of the other companies responded. Being a drill, captains and lieutenants were placed in com-

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mand as company officer roles with guidance from chief officers. Captain 152 arrived on scene and reported one school bus on its side. A closer inspection of the scene revealed entrapment and 12-15 students on the bus. As crews arrived, EMS/triage/treatment areas were set up. Apparatus staging and extrication crews were set. Crews gained access, treated, extricated and transported patients from the scene to “Stancliff Trauma Center” set up at the fire station. The drill was well received by all agencies involved. Companies from Waterford, Edinboro, Union City and Kuhl Hose were present. - RYNE RUTKOWSKI

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Warminster holds a mutual aid drill with SEPTA Warminster Township, PA. The Warminster Fire Department in conjunction with SEPTA held a training session on October 28. The scenario involved a SEPTA train containing two train cars, hitting a passenger car on the train tracks. The morning started out with breakfast and a safety briefing at Station 90 attended by approximately 200 people. SEPTA stopped all train traffic between Willow Grove and Warminster and all power was de-energized. Bucks County dispatched companies for a train accident and the evolution was underway. As chief officers started arriving, it was determined the incident was on the tracks just north of Countyline Road. The scene was assessed and it was determined that there was a two car passenger train derailed on the tracks and a car was

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overturned down an embankment after being struck by the passenger train. Crews were tasked with scene safety prior to entering the train tracks. Companies were detailed to the overturned vehicle with two subjects inside. Once crews made it to the train and made access, it was determined there were approximately 25 patients on board with different levels of injuries from walking wounded to class five patients. Warminster Ambulance was the first EMS on site and started to triage the patients. Additional resources were dispatched and all hands went in service. Ground ladders had to be

placed on the slopes of the terrain to allow for ingress and egress. Firefighters worked with the EMS personnel to package and remove victims as needed. It was determined that the train conductor was ejected from the train and trapped under train number two. Crews worked with SEPTA safety crews to use airbags to lift the train from its wheels so they could gain access to the conductor. After the evolution was complete, a critique of the incident was held and lunch was provided. Participating departments included Hartsville, Hatboro, Willow Grove, Warrington, Upper Southampton and Northampton. EMS units included Warminster, Warrington Community, Tri-Hampton and Central Bucks. - JOHN ENGLAND IV

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This 1940 Chevrolet pumper first saw service with the Ralpho Fire Company, in Overlook, PA. The park purchased this engine in 1972 to help with the clean up after the 1972 flood.


This 1946 Seagrave engine once served Hellam, PA.


Clifton Heights has a 1955 Ahrens Fox 750/400.

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Wheatfield Township house fire While Duncannon Squad 2 was clearing from a crash on Routes 11 and 15 on October 20, Box 2-04 sounded for a reported structure fire at 105 Paradise Road in Wheatfield Township bringing Company 2, Engine 8 and Tanker 9 at 7:15 p.m. Squad 2 cleared the MVA and responded and was advised of a working basement fire, requesting the working fire dispatch. Responding were Rescue 8 and 9, Tanker 8,

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Engine 9 and Cumberland Air 45. Engine 2 pulled 150 feet of one and three quarter inch attack line, followed by another 200 feet of one and three quarter inch for an aggresive interior attack, with Deputy Chief Worner establishing Command 2.

Crews encountered heavy fire conditions in the basement, spreading to the first floor. Due to a false floor, crews worked well into the night to verify all fire was extinguished. Control was marked just after 8 p.m., and crews began extensive overhaul. - DYLAN HOOVER


Lafayette responds to car into house Lafayette Fire Company of Lancaster County received multiple calls reporting a car into a house with entrapment. Once on scene, crews discovered a two car crash with person, who had fled the scene. The crash took place on East King Street in Lancaster Township. The car struck the hous, leaving two people trapped. Crews immediately went to work freeing all occupants. The house sustained damage to the porch and supports. All victims were transported to area hospitals via Lancaster EMS. Another person was arrested for fleeing the scene.


Eagle Scout project benefits Stancliff Waterford, PA. The Stancliff Hose Company was recently approached by Garrett Holden, a local boy scout from Troop 58, inquiring about the fire department being the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout project. Garrett had noticed the need for hydrants in the Waterford borough to be repainted and wanted to make this endeavor his contribution to the community. After a meeting to discuss the particulars, it was agreed that he would clean, paint and map hydrants in the borough. Garrett talked with the Waterford Municipal Authority to gain approval to paint the hydrants and requested paint donated. The fire department also provided paint, traffic cones and safety vests. Garrett’s first step was to map the cur-

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rent hydrants and mark which ones needed painted or remarked. He assembled several working parties of scouts and began painting. After getting a majority of the hydrants painted after school and on weekends, the scouts finished up the last of the painting just before the rains of Hurricane Sandy hit. A total of 43 plugs were given a new coat of paint. Firefighters and residents of Waterford have been quick to notice the rejuvenated hydrants. Garrett commented in his final presentation that he had many residents coming up to him while painting to express their gratitude

and say how much better the streets looked with the fresh paint on the hydrants. The main goals of the Eagle Scout project are to better the community in some way and for the scout to demonstrate leadership abilities. Garrett hit the nail on the head with this project. The new maps have been added to each engine’s map book and a large borough map has been added to the radio room in the station. Garrett was also able to successfully lead groups of younger scouts in a painting project. The Stancliff Hose Company would like to thank Garrett and the scouts from Troop 58 for their hard work and betterment of the hydrant infrastructure. - RYNE RUTKOWSKI


Sandy damages firehouse Allentown, PA. On the evening of October 29, Hurricane Sandy’s winds blew the roof off the Mack Southside fire station located at Lehigh and Vultee Streets. No one was injured when the roof came off, as firefighters were out on a call. Due to the damaged station, apparatus was then relocated to another station. Throughout the night, the fire department responded to 186 calls, of which, about 70 calls were for roof damage or collapses. Of the homes that had roof collapses, about one third of the residents had to be evacuated. During the storm, the city experienced numerous power outages, downed trees and wind damage.

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Firefighters from four counties battle four alarm in Mount Carmel


Mount Carmel, PA. On November 7 at 8:11 a.m., Mount Carmel and AREA EMS were dispatched to 244 East Second Street for a possible house fire. Police found smoke coming from the three story row home. The Rescue 5 captain confirmed it is a working fire and requested the second alarm. The first interior attack crew found the fire spreading to the third floor. Smoke could then be seen venting from the two fire buildings and west exposure home’s roof. Command determined the fire was jumping homes and dispatched the third alarm. Command then determined that additional manpower and water was going to be needed. He ordered the fourth alarm. Altamont and Englewood were RIT. A number of tanker trucks from Northumberland, Schuylkill and Columbia Counties established a dump site a few blocks away. The conditions of the third floor and attics of the initial fire and exposure building worsened and were at risked of backdraft. Command ordered all interior firefighters to evacuate the structure for accountability. In minutes, the fire vented out the upper floors and roofs of the involved homes. Multiple large exterior hose lines and a deck gun were directed to the venting flames. The second and third alarm engine crews re-entered all four homes to extinguish the fire. The main fire building and D side exposure became structurally unsafe and the interior crews were removed again.

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Mount Carmel Ladder 2, Shamokin Ladder 32 and Sunbury Platform truck placed their elevated water pipes into service and attacked the fire from the sky. Water from the tanker shuttle operations supplied the elevated master stream operations. The fire conditions in the main and exposure homes were finally knocked down. The smoke conditions in the homes improved and allowed the interior crews to reenter. It took firefighters almost an hour to overhaul and extinguish all hot spots in the destroyed homes. The incident was under control by 10:11 a.m., allowing the fourth and third alarm units to be released. The first alarm units cleared the scene before 2:00 p.m. and no rekindles occurred. The fire investigators believe the fire started on the first floor and was caused by a faulty wood burner. Overheated pipes caused the wall to catch fire and spread to the attic of the home. The abnormal freezing temperatures for November made some of the firefighting efforts difficult. AREA EMS and Sunbury rehab unit took care of the exhausted and cold firefighters. Shenandoah Ladder 745 stood by at the Anthracite Fire Company. Three homes were destroyed and the other three received major to moderate damaged. - STEPHEN BARRETT


Working dwelling for Pennsburg On October 5, 2012 at 12:35 a.m., Pennsburg Fire Department was dispatched to a dwelling fire at 464 Penn Street in Pennsburg, within a block of the fire station. Chief 65 discovered flames and smoke coming from the basement windows and smoke coming from the first floor, setting up command. Assisting were neighboring fire companies and several other fire

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companies from Montgomery, Bucks and Berks Counties as well as EMS units from the Upper Perkiomen area. The fire was fast moving in nature and spread to the second and third foors of the dwelling as well

as the third floor attic of the adjacant dwelling of the double home. The first floor of the first dwelling was heavily damaged and access had to be made from the rear of the dwelling due to the collapse of the first floor. Access to the adjacant dwelling was gained through the front and the roof. - TERRY RITZ

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One heavily trapped in Upper Leacock Upper Leacock Township, PA - Station 61 and 31 along with EMS were dispatched to the area of Route 772 and Horseshoe Road for an MVC with entrapment. Assistant 61-2 reported a two car crash with one patient heavily trapped. He also requested his second due rescue company. Rescue 61 started cribbing the vehicle and then began extricating the patient. Rescue 39 assisted with operations. Two patients were transported to local trauma centers. The road was closed for hours while the local Police department crash team investigated.

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KME Recognizes First Priority and NAFECO at National Sales Meeting Nesquehoning, PA. Each year at KME’s National Sales Meeting, Sales Representative Organizations are recognized for outstanding sales and service performance. The 2012 meeting was held at Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and on October 17, the best of the best were recognized. This year was particularly challenging because so many KME’s SRO’s gained market share and grew sales over the previous year. KME’s Pinnacle Award recognizes organizations that have had significant growth over previous years. This year’s winners included: First Priority Emergency Vehicles of Manchester, NJ and Gorman Emergency Vehicles of Elma, NY, while NAFECO, of Decatur, AL was the top award winner. KME’s Summit Club recognizes SRO’s who have had the highest overall sales volumes over the last year. This year’s winners included: Bulldog Fire Apparatus of Hopkinton, MA and First Priority Emergency Vehicles, with NAFECO once again taking top honors. KME is a leading custom manufacturer of a full range of specialty vehicles for military, industrial, commercial, aviation and municipal markets. Additional information on KME can be found at www.kovatch.com or by emailing to kme@kovatch.com. For more information on this press release, contact Brian Cassell, KME Marketing Manager, bcassell@kovatch.com or 570-669-5141.

“Training Firefighters to Stay Alive” Jersey Guys fire service training is operated by Lieutenant John Lewis (ret) Passaic (NJ) Fire Department and current Brewster (MA) and retired City of Englewood Fire Chief Robert Moran. Over the following years this alliance has provided these nationally recognized fire service instructors the opportunity to develop and present dynamic, contemporary, and highquality training programs to thousands of firefighters in 13 states across the country. The instructors utilize their experience and knowledge to present interactive programs that focus on enhancing individual firefighters and fire officers ability to develop and implement safe and effective strategic and tactical fireground action plans. Some of their most popular training programs include; “It’s In The Basement”, RIC T-

T-T, “Go, No Go, Fireground Decision Making”, “Mayday Communications”, Fire Suppression Operations in Private Dwellings”, “Fire Suppression Operations in Strip Malls” and “Firefighting Operations in Garden Apartments and Townhouses” Lieutenant Lewis and Chief Moran have presented programs at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Firehouse Expo, Firehouse West, Fire-Rescue International, FDIC West, South Carolina Firefighters Training Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, and most recently the Heart of America Metro Fire Chiefs Council based in Kansas City (MO). Visit them at jerseyfireguys.com.

Brindlee Mountain on Extreme Makeover On December 3, 2012, ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover aired a two hour Christmas special featuring a firefighting family and their fire department. This special episode included not only a Home Makeover, but a Fire Station Makeover as well! Personally, this hit close to home for James Wessel, as his father-in-law’s house was destroyed in the same fire that affected the featured family and fire department. He is thankful to Extreme Home Makeover for bringing hope after a catastrophic fire and proud that Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus was able to co-sponsor this unique Makeover.

During the show, Brindlee Mountain, the nation’s largest supplier of used fire trucks, gave away thousands of dollars to fire departments across North America. Departments watched to see if they were recipients. To see details on the departments, visit www.firetruckmall.com or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/firetruckmall Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus truly thanked 1st responders for their service to our communities.

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Other features that make the Rescue ONE Inflatable Boat Series rescue ready are the rigid aluminum floor, interior and exterior rescue rope for easy entry and exit, reflective panels for night time visibility, and double layered material on the tube bottoms to provide additional abrasion protection. Must Be Affordable The days of paying a lot of money for a boat that has a limited life is over. No matter the material or construction, inflatable boats are susceptible to tears, rips, punctures, and other damage. With this in mind, we have priced our boats at 1/3 the cost of other well-known inflatable rescue boat brands, while still providing a 5 year warranty that covers any manufacturer or material defect. While all boats come with a repair kit, this provides you the peace of mind that if the boat is damaged be-

yond repair, it is not going to blow your budget to replace. Specifications The Rescue ONE Inflatable Boat Series comes in 3 models; 380RS, 430RS, and 470RS. Rescue ONE is a leading provider of multi-use, interoperable boats for the fire/rescue, law enforcement and special operations communities. Rescue ONE’s patented Connector Boat makes them the most versatile mission-specific platforms on the market. Information for media regarding Rescue ONE products is available at www.rescueone.com. For product inquiries or sales information, please call (800) 737-2831.


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Independent Hose Chief Robert Sheets, (Top of Photo) and Dave Marshall, (center) also with the Independent Hose and Jeff Raab of Citizens hose, place a "boom" in the water to absorb the oil sheen flowing down Pine Creek.

Working basement fire Tanker spills contents into creek Lower Makefield Township, PA - Firefighters from YardleyMakefield and Levittown were dispatched for a working basement fire on Bedford Place at approximately 6:43 p.m. on November 5. Chief Chamberlain confirmed a working basement fire and established command. Deputy Chief Schlosser ran operations and manpower. Assistant Chief Chamberlain ran interior Ccommand and battled the basement fire with a crew manning a one and three quarter inch hose line. Levittown was assigned RIT. Yardley-Makefield fire Ppolice conducted traffic control. The Yardley-Makefield fire marshal's office is investigating.

A tanker truck caring 4,500 gallons of treated frackwater crashed along Route 44 North, spilling its contents onto the road and into Pine Creek. Christopher M. Hollis of Catawissa was traveling North, when he lost control of the truck. The truck owned by Minuteman Environmental Services out of Milton, hit a rock cliff and traveled 150 feet, slamming into the rock wall again. The contents spilled onto the

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road along with five gallons of oil from a ruptured oil pan under the truck. The liquids found their way to a storm drain, where it ended up in Pine Creek. Members of the Independent Hose Co. and Citizens Hose, of Jersey Shore, placed booms in the creek to contain the oil sheen that was flowing downstream.

DEP and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources were on the scene to take samples of the water to find out if there an environmental impact from the spill. There was no fish kill as a result of the incident. The tanker was in route to a fracking site operated by Anadarko Petroleum Inc. Hollis sustained minor injuries in the crash. - PAUL GARRETT


On October 14th, the Alpha Fire Company in State College held an open house for fire prevention. The day’s activities included tours of the fire station and the apparatus, a vehicle rescue demonstration and a chance for citizens to go up in the platform of Truck 517. Children also had a chance to go for a ride in a fire engine.


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engine 68-1 of the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company Halifax Fire Department has taken delivery of their 2012 Wissahickon Fire Company Squad 7 is a 2012 e-One is a 2012 Spartan/Crimson 2000/1000. KMe/International Urban Interface engine. engine 29 equipped with 1,500 gpm pump, 500 gal tank and 30 gal has a 1500 gpm Hale pump with a 500 gallon water tank foam tank.




Fame Fire Company of West Chester now has a 2012 e The Bareville Fire Company of Upper Leacock Twp. has The West Pennsboro Vol. Fire Co, has taken delivery of One 137' Ladder. taken delivery of a 2012 Pierce arrow XT Quint with a this 2012 KMe Predator engine/Rescue. engine 46 has 1500gpm pump, a 500 gallon tank and a 75' stick. a 1750 gpm pump with a 1250 tank




The City of Harrisburg has taken delivery of a new 2012 City of Bethlehem Fire Department took delivery of a Lower Swatara Fire Department recent took delivery of Pierce arrow XT. Squad 8 operates with a 1500 gpm Hale Rescue One Double Stack Trailer with a 1660 deluxe engine 59-1, a 2012 Ferrara Intruder II, 1500 gPM Wapump and a 500 gallon tank. connector boat with a 50 HP prop motor equipped with terous Pump, 500 gallon water tank a Prop guard

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The exeter Township Fire Department has taken delivery of this 2012 Mack granite/Seagrave tanker. Tanker 25 is equipped with a 1,000 gpm pump and 3,000 gal tank.



Truck 1321 of the Nesquehoning Hose Co No. 1 is a 2013 KMe 2000/300/103'.


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2012 Rescue 1 rescue demo is available for immediate delivery. 18’-9” Walk-Around/Spartan MFD six man seating w/10” raised roof and Cummins ISL 450 hp engine. PTO 35 kw generator, 9000 watt Will-Burt light tower, hydraulic full lift-up stairs to (4) upper storage compartments, (2) 200’- 10/4 cable reels and much more. For additional details visit our Website: www.rescue1mfg.com or contact Mike Marquis at (800) 752-8786, (732) 223-1411 (in NJ), mmarquis@plcustom.com.


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2012 Rescue 1 rescue demo is available for immediate delivery. 16’-3” Walk-Around/International 4400 four-door chassis, fiveman seating, and MaxxForce 9/315 hp engine. PTO 35 kw generator, 9000 watt Will-Burt light tower, fold down ladder to (4) upper storage compartments, 9000 lb portable winch and much more. For additional details visit our Website: www.rescue1mfg.com or contact Mike Marquis at (800) 752-8786, (732) 223-1411 (in NJ), mmarquis@plcustom.com.

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Adams County mobile home fire On the evening of November 3, 2012, the Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Fire Department was dispatched for a house fire in the Edge Grove Section of Conewago Township. Assistant Chief 29, Jack Shaffer, reported heavy smoke and fire showing from a mobile home. Engine 29 laid a five inch sup-

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ply line from a hydrant at the end of the home’s driveway. Hand lines were stretched to the porch and an attack began on the well involved unoccupied mobile home. Tanker 29 stretched additional

hand lines to the rear of the burning trailer. The fire was placed under control within twenty minutes, with the home being a total loss. The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was requested to respond to the scene. - STEVEN ROTH


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